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Fishing on Toledo Bend Lake

Greg Crafts owns and operates Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottage on the north end of the lake out of Huxley, Tx. Greg has been fishing Toledo Bend since it's impoundment and has been running his guide service full time since 1993. Whether you're a visiting pro preparing for a tournament, a novice wanting to learn the basics or a businessman wanting to entertain your clients, Greg can accommodate you. Specializing in Black Bass, White Bass, Bream and Crappie. For more information visit Greg's website at http://www.toledo-bend.net/toledobend

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
March 15, 2017

At the time of this report the lake is in great shape with plenty of water. The water level is running about three feet below high pool.

A recent statistical study indicated that more “Lunker Bass” (bass weighing ten pounds or more), are caught in the month of March than any other month of the year. If you are lucky enough to catch one, the Toledo Bend Lake Association “Lunker” program will provide you with a free replica of your fish. There are certain requirements you must follow so make sure you visit their website at toledobendlakeassociation.com and take advantage of this great program.

The White bass will be in the Sabine River proper making their annual “River Run” to spawn. Towards the end of the month many of the Whites will have spawned and will be heading back to the main lake holding on the north end river channel sandbars. The key to locating and catching the Whites is the level and current of the river. If the river is high and has a lot of current, work the sloughs and eddies down stream of the sand bars. If the river level is low, work the sand bars, or try trolling a suspend bait that runs seven to ten feet in the middle of the river or main tributaries feeding the river. Rat-L-Traps, Road Runners and shallow diving crank baits, slab spoons or live crawfish work great.

In March, the black bass and Crappie will be moving in and out of the spawning flats through out the month. The water temperature is one of the single most factors to consider in locating and catching fish. When the water temperature reaches the middle to upper 50s the Black Bass and Crappie will start moving (staging), or heading to the spawning flats. Concentrate on the drains and ditches leading to the flats. When the water reaches the upper 50s and lower 60s the fish will start moving onto the beds. Not all fish move onto the beds at the same time, but will move in waves and a number of fish might use the same beds at different times. If a cold front moves in and drops the water temperature, the fish will not move far. They will just back out to the nearest deep water. The key is to fish slowly. If you catch one fish, there should be more fish in the same area.

If you would like an updated report or a guided trip, please contact me.

Greg Crafts
Rt. 1, Bx 1347
Shelbyville, Tx. 75973
(936) 368-7151